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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cos·tive·ness, n.
 1. An unnatural retention of the fecal matter of the bowels; constipation.
 2. Inability to express one's self; stiffness. [Obs.]
    A reverend disputant of the same costiveness in public elocution with myself.   --Wakefield.